7 June, 2016
The Fifth Congress of UPTA approved the Comprehensive Plan for the recovering of Self-Employment (Plan Integral para la Recuperación del Trabajo Autónomo- PIRTA) which includes an ambitious goal of generational replacement in the group.
On May 19, UPTA, Affiliate of StreetNet International from Spain successfully held its fifth Congress.
Pepe Álvarez, General Secretary of UGT (Unión General de Trabajadores) opened the Congress.
The Congress, with 95% of the votes, has elected Eduardo Abad Sabarís as the new Secretary General of UPTA. Eduardo Abad replaced Sebastian Reyna who served as head of the organization for the last 16 years.
Eduardo Abad Sabarís was born in Villagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, in 1972. Since 1995 he has worked as a self-employed worker in the sectors of trade and restaurants/hotels, being founder of the Asociación del Autónomos del Salnés in 2001. Currently, he is a Secretary of the National Coordination of UPTA and President of Asociación Gallega de Trabajadores Autónomos y del Mar (AGTAMAR).
Cesar García Arnal was elected as a Deputy General Secretary of UPTA, who has been until now the Institutional Secretary and current General Secretary of AMTAS-UPTA Madrid. Manuel Prieto, General Secretary of UPTA Asturias became a Secretary of Administration. Furthermore, Inés Mazuela, Secretary of UPTA Andalucía, and Eva López, member of the Executive Board of UPTA Rioja were elected as Board Members.
The Congress has approved the implementation of a Comprehensive Plan for the recovering of Self-employment (Plan Integral de Recuperación del Trabajo Autónomo- PIRTA) which should include a proposal for the generational replacement of the group, revision of the Social Security contribution model, and a more fair and balanced taxation of self-employed workers.
The new General Secretary presented the most important claims of the group in the closing ceremony to the General Director of Self-employment of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, Carmen Casero, and the Secretary of Organization of UGT, Rafael Espartero.
Information provided by UPTA Communication Department.
More pictures of the 5th Congress can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/upta/sets/72157668550233426
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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).
TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015) by Ludovick Kazoka.
INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:
BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).
USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.
INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.
ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).
SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.
MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).
INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.
StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.
Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.
The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies